Unlocking the Potential of Every Baby to Grow Up Safe, Healthy and Educated

As many as 91,000 New Jersey infants and toddlers live in low-income families. Our goal is that nearly half will have access to high-quality child care, family supports, and/or physical and mental health services by 2023.

Think Babies NJ

The science is clear.

Our brains grow faster between the ages of 0 and 3 than at any other point in life. Those first few years lay the foundation for the rest of a child’s life, affecting everything from classroom performance, to earning potential, to life expectancy.
The moment is now. 

We all have a role in achieving equity and eliminating disparities that impact outcomes for babies, families and communities. Strong early childhood programs and policies result in a significant return on investment.

Campaign Priorities

Affordable, Quality Child Care

Ensure every family has access to quality, affordable child care for their infants and toddlers, providing a strong foundation for early learning.
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Family Support through Home Visitation

Provide expectant parents and parents of young children essential supports to help nurture positive parent-child relationships and overall health and well-being.
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Healthy Social-Emotional Development

Much like physical development, it is important to foster a baby’s social and emotional health by ensuring resources and services are available to address their mental health.
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Maternal and Infant Health

Ensure all mothers and their babies have equitable access to prenatal and postnatal care and resources that support a healthy pregnancy, birth and start in life.
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Paid Family Leave

Ensure all working parents can afford to take dedicated time to bond with their babies in the year following their birth without a complete loss of wages and job security.
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Our Impact in 2022

Parent Leadership Council members participating in meetings with legislators + budget hearings.
providers receiving help to apply for stabilization grant funds, supporting small child care centers and family child care homes.
to implement the Statewide Universal Newborn Home Nurse Visitation program.
for the Thriving by Three Child Care Program, a competitive grant program to expand access to infant and toddler child care programs.

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